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Incoming: 1st Isla ng Catanduanes Ultramarathon

Posted by on 8. August 2016

Catanduanes boast of several picturesque destinations. Runners of the 1st Isla ng Catanduanes gets a first hand experience of exploring its natural charm as the race goes through the towns of Virac, San Andres, Bato and Baras.  Runners of the ultra distance 65 kilometers and 110 kilometers will definitely be treated to a scenic run in the province.

1st Isla de Catanduanes Ultramarathon

A Coastline view while you run and explore the race.

Looking for a race-cation? How about visiting the town of Catanduanes in Bicol?  The Island hosts the 1st Isla ng Catanduanes Ulramarathon (ICUM) on October 21 and 22, 2016 with 65 kilometers and 110 kilometers categories.  Starting off at the Capital of the Island in Virac, ICUM explores Virac, San Andres, Bato and Baras for the 110 K category and Virac, Bato and Baras for the 65 K category.  The ultra-marathon will cater to enthusiasts from all
walks of life, young and old, professionals and beginners, foreigners and locals. The Ultra Marathon will
prove to be a celebration of what runners of every shape, size or age can achieve.

Balacay Point

While the distance can be a challenge, the views can be overwhelming. The marathon will also be boasting the picturesque destinations of Catanduanes. Balacay Point will be serving as the U-turn point of the race so participants will get to see and experience for themselves the charm of the province.  The race is designed to be an annual event to showcase running, fitness and also the scenic attractions in Catanduanes.

The Organizers

The Organizers Lao Ogerio and John Henri Mariano

The race has been borne out of the desire of the organizers John Henri “Jham” Mariano and Lao Ogerio, both natives of the province, to promote Catanduanes not only as a destination for runners to get together and be fit but also as a place where they can get just take a breath and appreciate the stunning views. Another advocacy of the race is to help the Philippine Red Cross and to support the projects and programs of the province.

The event organizers have been household names in the running community for years. Both have equally invested time and effort to sustain a healthy lifestyle. They want to inspire runners and would be runners to appreciate the healthy lifestyle.  Mariano has been an active contributor for the Filipino RunningCommunity as a blogger and is currently handling two websites – jhamjhamrunner.wordpress.com and www.siguecorrer.com.Both sites also act as a calendar for running events across the country.  Co-organizer Ogerio on the other hand, is known for his various achievements in the ultramarathon community, bringing home champion titles for ultra-running events like 3rd Tanay 50k Ultra Marathon Race and 2nd Antique 100 Miles Ultra Marathon.

The Catanduanes Ultra Mrathon will have two main race categories – 65K and 110K. Regular registration
fee for the 65K is PHP 2000 and for the 110K is PHP 2500. However, organizers are encouraging
participants to register early so as to get a PHP 500 off for both categories. Both 65k and 110k runners
will get a bib, finisher’s shirt, finisher’s trophy, finisher’s medal and a post-race meal. There will also be a fun run will also take place on October 22 for children, family and local racers. For only PHP 250, runners for this category will get a singlet and a bib.

Registration will start on June 1, 2016 and will end on September 30, 2016.

Race Details

Date and Venue

  • Date: October 21 – 22, 2016
  • Venue: Virac, Catanduanes
  • Gun Start Time:
    • 110km – 10:00PM, October 21, 2016
    • 65km – 04:00A.M., October 22, 2016
    • 5km – 06:00 A.M., October 22, 2016
  • Cut-off time
    • 110km – 24 hours
    • 65km – 14 hours

Fees and Inclusions

  • Regular Registration fee (until September 30, 2016)
    • 110k – Php 2500
    • 65k – Php 2000
    • 5k – Php 250
  • Early Bird Registration (until July 15, 2016)
    • 110k – Php 2000
    • 65k – Php 1500
  • Inclusions:
    • 110km – Bib, Finisher’s Medal, Finisher’s Trohpy, Finisher’s Shirt, Certificate and Post Meal
    • 65k – Bib, Finisher’s Medal, Finisher’s Trophy, Finisher’s Shirt, Certificate and Post Meal
    • 5k – Singlet and Bib
    • Note: Top 3 Male and Female of 110km and 65km will receive podium trophies.


  • Payment thru Bank Deposit
    • Bank: Banco De Oro
    • Account Number: 7340280720
    • Account Name: Laurencio A. Ogerio
  • Send your deposit slip via email to jhamnich@gmail.com together with your name, contact number
    and shirt size.

Rules and Regulations

  1. All participants must be at the starting area 2 hours before the gun start.
  2. Mandatory Gears:
    • 110km Runners
      – reflectorized vest
      – hydration bag
      – headlamp or flashlight
      – aid kit
      – snacks
    • 65km Runners
      – reflectorized vest
      – hydration bag
      – headlamp or flashlight
      – aid kit
      – snacks
  3. Participants should be 18 years old and up.
  4. Race Bib must be visible at all times.
  5. Motorcycle and Bicycle are strictly prohibited. Support is optional. Just in case you have your
    support vehicle, it must be registered to the race organizer. Failure to do so will result to
  6. Support Vehicle must be always at the right side of the runners.
  7. Runners and support crew are not allowed to litter; anyone caught for this will lead to
    disqualification. Let us all help preserve the island.
  8. Support Vehicle and crew will not follow the runner at all times ( shadowing)
  9. 110km and 65km participants will run in an open traffic.
  10. Runners are required to run at the left side of the road for safety reason.
  11. Runners who want to leave the race or want to discontinue the race he/she must notify the race
  12. Runners are not allowed to enter to his support vehicle.
  13. Runners are allowed to sleep only outside the support vehicle.
  14. All Runners must follow the correct route.
  15. Runners must run in single file.
  16. Pacers are not allowed.
  17. Registration fee is non-Refundable and non-Transferrable.
  18. The organizer will provide aid stations along the route. (The distance of each station to be
  19. Every participant MUST finish his leg within the cut-off time if he fails he can still continue to
  20. To those who finished the race within the cut-off time 65k and 110k participants will receive
    Finisher Shirts, Finisher Trophies, Medals and post- race meals.
  21. Organizers have the right to remove any participants from the race either because of cheating,
    not following rules or due to medical emergencies.
  22. Top Finisher for 110K and 65K both Male and Female (Champion, Ist and 2nd Runner-up) will
    receive A Podium Trophy and entitled to a free slot next year’s edition of ICUM (2017).
  23. Claiming of race kits and race briefing date, place and time to be announced.
  24. Rain or shine the event will takes place.
  25. The 110k distance is open to all who finished several ultra – marathon distances.
    • Note: The organizer may require you to submit copies of finisher and medical certificates when
      necessary. Medical certificates are required to submit for safety purposes.
  26. The 65k distance is open to all who finished at least one (1) marathon or ultra-marathon. First
    timers are welcome to participate but will undergo with the assessment.
    Note: The organizer may require you to submit copies of finisher certificates if there’s any. Medical
    certificates are required to submit for safety purposes.
  27. All the participants MUST sign the WAIVER before the race.
  28. Race kit claiming date and venue to be announced very soon.
  30. Be prepared and don’t think it would be an easy feat, but it will be a fun and outstanding
  31. There will be no cash prizes to be given to the top finishers.
  32. ICUM Organizer, at any time, may make changes on the course and race details or rules for the
    benefit of all runners.
  33. Any runner caught cheating or violating the race rules will be subject to outright disqualification.
    The Race Organizer’s decision is final.
  34. Enjoy the race. Run if you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just don’t QUIT!
  35. Register now, limited slots only for the 110KM and 65KM.
  36. Good luck and hope to see you!

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